Cardinals 13, Orioles 4

March 05, 2002|By Roch Kubatko

The game

Two big innings defined the Cardinals' victory. They scored four runs off Sidney Ponson in the second and six off reliever Kris Foster in the fifth. The Cardinals pounded out 20 hits. But at least the Orioles salvaged a tie in the B game, with neither team scoring.

The arms

Ponson went three innings, with all the damage off him coming in the second. He gave up six hits overall, walked one and struck out one. Chris Brock shut down the Cardinals in the fourth before they ambushed Foster, collecting seven hits and turning the game into a rout. B. J. Ryan also struggled, allowing a run-scoring double to Miguel Cairo in the sixth after a walk and single. He struck out two. Jorge Julio stranded two in the seventh and Buddy Groom had a one-run eighth.

The bats

Jerry Hairston had two hits, including a run-scoring single in the third. Ryan McGuire homered to lead off the fifth and tighten the competition for the last outfield spot. Nick Garcia and Larry Bigbie singled in runs in the eighth. Catcher Geronimo Gil doubled and walked.

Injury update

Howie Clark (leg) is scheduled to make today's journey to Fort Myers, Fla., after running sprints yesterday. ... Melvin Mora continues to hit off a tee while testing the fractured ring finger on his left hand, but doesn't believe he'll be ready to play for at least another week.

The number

10 -- Hitters who came to the plate against Foster in the fifth.

The quote

"It's just prevention. Ice is medicine for everything." -- Ponson, who had his right ankle wrapped after being hit by a ground ball.

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